How to use a Zebra ZP 450 with eBay, USPS, Stamps.com, PayPal & more in Windows 7, 8, 10!
The ZP 450 Thermal Printer by Zebra stopped production in around 2012. Because of this, driver support is limited and installation on modern systems can be tricky. However the ZP 450 is a very solid thermal printer and is also designed to work well with the free 4×6″ UPS thermal labels as well as many other generic thermal label suppliers.
Without a bit of help and reading, you’ll likely have a ton of trouble getting your ZP 450 to work to print out labels unless you’re using it only with UPS’s software. Thankfully it only takes a few minutes to also get it to work with other shipping services and sales platforms.
Here are the instructions for getting the Zebra ZP 450 working in Windows 7 / 8 / 10 etc.
I have just done this setup in 2015 and it is working great.
0. Load a roll of thermal labels following the visual instructions you see inside the printer.
1. Plug in your ZP 450 power and USB cable into your Windows PC. Turn on the printer using the switch at its back.
2. Windows will most likely pop up an error message saying driver not found
3. Download the driver for the LP 2844 printer from the Zebra website. Here is the link: https://www.zebra.com/us/en/support-downloads/desktop/lp-2844.html (yes that’s right, you have to use the driver for the LP 2844 even if it makes no sense).
4. Install the printer driver. You will likely also want to install the Zebra Font program and the Zebra status monitor programs that are options during the installation.
5. During installation, you will likely be asked to pick the port your ZP 450 is plugged into. You will probably have it plugged in via USB, so it will be one of the ports listed as USB, however you will have to test via trial and error to figure out which port it is currently plugged into. For now, simply pick one of the ports that are shown as blank (no other printer in that slot).
6. Now open up windows control panel and go to the Devices and Printers section. You will now see “ZDesigner LP 2844” listed as one of your printers. To finish picking the port and setting up the print settings, right click on it and click “Printer Properties”. Now click on “Preferences…” located toward the bottom of the General tab. Here set speed to 1.50/s, darkness to 14, paper format to inch, portrait, and set size to 4.00 and height o 6.00. Unprintable area leave at all zeroes. Then click apply then OK.
7. Now try to print a test page. Wait a few seconds and see if your printer spits out a print. If not, it is probably set for the wrong port. Still in the “Printer Properties” dialog box, click on the “Ports” tab. Now switch to a different blank USB port and then click apply, then go print another Test page. Repeat this until your printer successful spits out a test page!